If it is springtime at Perry Memorial Library, then it must be time for the annual storytelling festival! The 16th Annual Vance County Storytelling Festival will be held at the library on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. This festival is possible due to the generous support of the Vance County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, and the Friends of the Library.
In this time of electronic entertainment, the traditional art of storytelling becomes even more important to our young people. Besides entertainment, storytelling teaches them how to communicate and use their imaginations. Storytelling can allow children to explore their own cultural roots as well as experience diverse cultures.
The storytelling festival is divided into two major events: the daytime festival and the evening Family Storytelling Community Concert. The daytime festival takes place from 9:30 AM – 2 PM and introduces Vance County’s fourth grade students to entertaining and educational storytelling. The Family Storytelling Concert takes place at 6 PM in the Farm Bureau Room and is open to the public. Although students will be attending the festival earlier in the day, the library will open to the public at noon as usual.
Over the years Perry Memorial Library’s Storytelling Festival has played host to some of the best storytellers in the state and the nation. Festival 2012 will welcome three featured tellers, Lloyd Arneach, Ron Jones, and Henry Vogel, as well as seven regional tellers. All the tellers will perform at the daytime festival, and the evening family concert will highlight 2012’s featured tellers.
The daytime sessions have been arranged in advance through the schools, but if you have any questions regarding this year’s Family Concert, please call the library at 252-438-3316, ext. 225. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a historic and joyful day of storytelling.